Updated: March, 2023
Even though I enjoy drinking plain black coffee, I do occasionally enjoy switching things up by experimenting with different coffee condiments.
A while back I started searching for the best pre-ground and whole bean hazelnut-flavored coffee.
The first time I actually tried this type of flavoring was in a cup, made with instant coffee years back.
This nostalgic taste was the inspiration for my initial research on hazelnut beans, which led to a further investigation for the best hazelnut syrup, creamer, or extract that will provide the desired flavor results.
In this article, I also list some hazelnut k-cup options for Keurig coffee machine owners.
Furthermore, here you’ll find basic information related to the nature of flavored coffee beans that you may find useful.
There are also decaf versions of the hazelnut coffee that some of you may be interested in, so I made sure to include the best ones on the list.
So let’s cut to the chase.
If you are in a hurry and you don’t feel like reading the whole article, on the following table, you can see all the products I’ve listed and quickly jump to the review that you want to see:
|Coffee Name||Type||Price Bracket|
|1. Eight O’clock||Whole Bean/ Pre-Ground||$|
|2. Don Francisco’s||Pre-ground/ Whole Bean||$|
|3. Seattle’s Best||Pre-Ground||$|
|4. Zavida Vanilla Hazelnut||Whole Bean||$$|
|5. Door County||Pre-Ground/ Whole Bean/ Decaf||$$$|
|6. San Francisco Bay||Whole Bean||$|
|7. Cameron’s||Pre-Ground/ Decaf||$|
|8. Stone Street||Pre-Ground||$$|
If you have a single-serve Keurig machine, the following table where I’ve listed the reviewed k-cups is for you:
|Coffee Name||Type||Price Bracket|
|1. Don Francisco’s Pods||K-Cups||$$|
|2. Eight O’clock Capsules||K-Cups||$|
|3. San Francisco Bay Compostable Pods||K-Cups||$|
|4. Green Mauntain||K-Cups/ Decaf||$|
|5. Van Houtte Vanilla Hazelnut||Decaf K Cups||$$|
What is the Best Hazelnut Coffee?
Now it’s best to continue with the list of brands that offer hazelnut-flavored coffee – ground and whole bean.
I made sure to review the ones that are worth mentioning be it for their quality, price, or, most importantly – their taste.
Here are the best hazelnut coffee options:
The Eight O’Clock offers one of the best-tasting hazelnut coffee options that also comes at a perfect price.
Eight O’clock offers this flavored ground bean package, that won’t leave an artificial aftertaste in your mouth after you take a sip.
It lets you have a refreshing, tasty coffee with the right hint of hazelnut.
In the Eight O’clock package, you will find medium roasted Arabica beans that contribute to the satisfying smooth cup you’ll get to have.
Author’s Note: If you want to learn more about the differences between Arabica, Robusta, and the different types of coffee beans, check out this beginner-friendly guide.
You can also find an Eight O’clock whole bean hazelnut package, which is perfect for those of you who have grinders at home and prefer their coffee freshly ground.
This coffee truly comes at a great price and if you go for the pre-ground version, you can get a pack of 6 at once.
This way you’ll get to have your favorite coffee on a daily basis without having to restock too often.
Eight O’clock is a brand that I’ve also included in my guide on the best half-caff coffee. If you’re interested in lowering your daily caffeine intake, you may find the aformentioned post helpful as well.
Here is another coffee alternative for those of you who enjoy the nutty hazelnut flavor in their coffee.
Actually, San Francisco’s hazelnut coffee blend has a subtle coconut tint to its flavor, which is why it’s called Hawaiian.
So don’t be fooled that the beans are actually grown there.
Like the previously reviewed products, the hazelnut flavor isn’t strongly pronounced, but it’s just as much as you’d like it.
If you’re not into strong sweet artificial-tasting coffee, of course.
Don Francisco’s beans are of a medium roast, but I would say they are on the darker side.
You can also find cinnamon hazelnut blend, but I find it a bit too cinnamony for me and don’t quite enjoy the strong taste.
Seattle’s Best is a brand, preferred by many who enjoy hazelnut flavor in their coffee.
I’ve tried it a while back and I enjoyed it more with added milk.
I would say that it’s a quite common choice for many people who are in search of affordable ground coffee with hazelnut flavoring.
It doesn’t taste as synthetic as other brands on the market, at least according to my experience.
There are few reviews on Amazon which leave me wondering if that’s still the case, but a friend of mine that has this coffee finds it just as good as it’s always been.
The hazelnut vanilla flavor combination is something that is worth experiencing in a cup of coffee.
Especially if the beans are good.
This is why I decided to include Zavida’s hazelnut whole bean bag.
It contains a nicely flavored blend of Arabica beans that will satisfy your urge to have a smooth and tasty cup and start your day just as you should.
The aroma that comes out of the bag as soon as you open it is mesmerizing.
So as long as you have a grinder at home I would definitely recommend trying these beans out.
5. Door County
The Door County offers coffee beans of good quality coffee that you can find both in whole bean bag or a pre-ground package.
You will get to have a well-balanced cup, flavored with cinnamon and hazelnut.
Even if you’re not a big fan of cinnamon, I think that the Door County’s recipe provides just the right amount of that spice, so that it doesn’t bother you.
It actually contributes to the final taste and somehow compliments the hazelnut flavor notes.
You can also find a decaf version of that hazelnut coffee, which has become the go-to for many that are trying to cut down their caffeine consumption without having to compromise on the taste.
You can check that out here if you’re interested to find out how much it costs.
Door County hazelnut coffee is for sure one of my personal favorites on the list.
For those of you who enjoy having their coffee made with freshly ground beans, and look for a hazelnut-flavored but at the same time – high-quality beans – San Francisco Bay has your back.
This vacuum-sealed whole bean bag also comes at a great price.
I will have to warn you though, that the hazelnut aroma that you sense when you open the bag is much more pronounced than the actual taste when you take a sip.
This is common for many flavored coffee beans.
To be fair, I prefer the mellower flavor, than to have my coffee scented with oils that leave a weird chemical aftertaste in my mouth.
After showing you some nice whole bean alternatives, it’s good to go back to a great pre-ground package.
I’ve actually linked to the vanilla hazelnut flavored Cameron’s coffee bag.
It’s a light roast that makes a perfectly balanced cup possible.
The flavor is more subtle, so if you’re into really strong hazelnut taste this coffee isn’t the one for you.
That being said, it’s worth mentioning that it comes at a pretty good price.
The vanilla hazelnut flavored blend is great, but if you are looking for a simple hazelnut scent, go for this version.
For those of you who look for a decaf coffee brand with hazelnut flavoring that doesn’t have a dull and unpleasant flavor, try out the decaffeinated Cameron’s packages.
Cameron’s is truly one of the best decaf hazelnut coffee bags that I’ve come across.
You will get to have a delicious coffee that doesn’t let you notice the difference between a caffeinated and a decaffeinated cup.
The vanilla and hazelnut flavors contribute to this desired by many people effect.
If you’re looking for a reason to wake up in the morning I have a suggestion for you – a cup made with the Stone Street ground coffee blend.
These hazelnut beans are truly delicious and will give you the kickstart that you need.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed that I’ve included this brand in other posts of mine, but I’d say I’m a fan. For example, Stone Street has made it to my post on the best pre-ground and whole bean coffees for cold brew.
They are consistent with the quality they deliver, the price is reasonable and the coffee you get to have by using Stone Street beans is, in fact, delicious.
This package is a bit more expensive than the others I’ve included in the list, but I’d definitely choose to pay a bit more to enjoy my coffee as much as I’d like to.
I would also highly recommend the chocolate hazelnut bag that you can find linked here.
It’s truly delicious – mesmerizing aroma, flavorful, tasty, just perfect.
Without any doubt in my mind, I’d recommend this hazelnut coffee to anyone who’s interested in having this type of beans again and again.
What About Those of You Who Have a Keurig Machine?
Of course, when discussing the best hazelnut coffee, it’s good to have some options for those of you who own a Keurig coffee machine.
This single-serve maker is great when you want to get a fresh and tasty cup of coffee, without all the hassle common for other brewing methods.
If you’ve gone through my reviews above, you’ll notice that the Don Francisco’s barnd is included in the pre-ground and whole bean list.
It’s actually the same hazelnut-flavored coffee with coconut notes from the review above.
It has found its way to the pod to make one of the best hazelnut k-cups available.
It’s mild yet rich with a great nutty flavor to it.
Even if you’re not a fan of flavored coffee, you may find yourself enjoying this k-cup more than the ones you’ve previously tried out.
If you have a reusable capsule, go for the pre-ground coffee container I’ve mentioned above in the other Don Francisco’s review and fill in the ground beans in the pod you have.
The results would be pretty much identical to using the Don Francisco’s Keurig pod.
Off to the next one on the hazelnut Keurig capsules’ list.
And it’s again a brand, mentioned earlier in the article – Eight O’Clock.
You’re wondering why I separate the pods from the other list with pre-ground and whole bean bags, even if they’re by the same brand?
It’s because I’ve often experienced immense dissimilarities in taste and overall mouthfeel between them.
Even if they are the exact same type, k-cups often differ from the pre-ground and whole bean versions.
Anyway, the K-cups with hazelnut flavoring that Eight O’clock offers are great when it comes to taste.
The hazelnut tint is subtle, yet satisfying.
You will fall in love with the aroma coming out of your cup.
I’m sure many of you will enjoy it pure black without having to add anything.
Of course, in case you’re used to adding milk or creamer – do so.
You’ll most likely get addicted to the coffee made with the Eight o’clock k-cups.
Simply put – if you like hazelnut coffee and you’re wondering which Keurig capsule to choose – go for this one, you won’t regret it.
The San Francisco Bay Compostable capsules stick out from the crowd, as the brand has put in some effort to make them appear more eco-friendly or 100% commercially compostable.
So if you’re looking for a greener solution they are a better option, even though “commercially” actually means that they are only to be composted in an industrial facility.
Nevertheless, this sustainable trait is just a bonus to the great flavorful coffee you will get to have by buying these capsules.
There is a distinct hazelnut flavor that you can feel when taking a sip. It’s not too strong, neither too weak.
Do that as a precaution, because the compostable plant-based material the cup is made of seems like it might let some air pass through it and the beans will oxidize.
And if you’re not aware – oxidized coffee, especially ground – well… it tastes bad.
Related Post: How long do K-cups and Nespresso pods last?
That being said, San Francisco Bay deserves a pat on the back for the more sustainable direction their brand is taking.
Green Mountain offers another k cup that is filled with ground beans, mixed with not too overwhelming for your taste buds hazelnut flavoring oil.
These pods come at an affordable price.
You should know that the beans are lightly roasted, so if you’re a fan of a darker roast profile, these may not be the best choice for you.
Many people have Green Mountain k-cups reordered on a regular basis, the reason being that they are convenient, affordable, and most importantly – make tasty coffee.
Green Mountain also offers a decaf version of their hazelnut flavored pods.
The coffee you’ll get to have by purchasing those capsules is delicious, well-balanced and you won’t notice the unpleasant decaf taste.
Therefore Green Mountain offers one of the best decaf hazelnut k-cups that are chosen by many coffee consumers who are trying to lower their caffeine intake.
You can check their price and more reviews on those capsules on Amazon by clicking here.
Speaking of decaf hazelnut Keurig capsules, I decided to point the Van Houtte one out as it’s also pretty good.
Lightly roasted decaffeinated ground coffee is what you can find inside those pods.
They are flavored with vanilla and hazelnut, which is sort of a classic combination, loved by many people.
Concering Flavored Coffee Beans
I think it’s important to sum up all the information I came across during my research regarding flavored coffee beans.
I’d say it’s necessary to be aware of some things if you’re interested in getting yourself a bag of hazelnut flavored coffee.
So here is what you should know about flavored coffee beans:
Why Do Coffee Connoisseurs Say They’re Bad?
Coffee snobs would often argue that people who only have their coffee flavored, don’t actually have a good taste.
There is also a popular opinion among them that all coffee that’s been flavored isn’t good.
I’ve always found such statements harsh and a bit narrow-minded.
In that case, though, they might have a point, since more often than not, the beans that are being flavored are of inferior quality.
Those artificial flavors, such as the hazelnut, cover up the coffee beans’ flaws and raise their price, which means the company’s profit rises.
At times you may find higher quality beans sold at a lower price than flavored beans of a lower quality.
In my reviews, I’ve included only good quality beans or such that have an adequate price.
Flavored Beans & Grinders
There is also another reason why people aren’t that much into flavored coffee beans.
If you buy them whole and grind them at home, the flavoring oils that they’re covered with will most likely coat the inside of your grinder.
This sticky substance seems nearly impossible to clean, which means that everything you’re about to grind afterward may be compromised by the flavor oil to a certain extent.
I have actually found a way around that.
After using hazelnut beans in my grinder I run this product by Urnex – Grindz through it.
It actually does a perfect job of removing all the residual oils.
If you don’t use such a product, you should know that most likely the following batches of coffee you grind, will have these hazelnut flavors attached to them.
In a few days, they’ll most likely go away, so don’t be in a hurry to throw your grinder in the trash.
There are also many people, who love their flavored coffee and have dedicated one of their grinders for this type of beans.
Another option is choosing one of the pre-ground hazelnut coffee packages I’ve reviewed, as this may be a better alternative to having your home grinder compromised.
On Artificial Flavors
Flavored coffee is actually made by coating the roasted beans with flavoring oils.
More often than not, said oils are made with a blend of artificial flavors and a binder, such as the organic compound propylene glycol that makes the additives stick to the beans.
You can see what artificial flavors actually are by clicking the FDA link here.
Put in simple words they are chemical formulas developed by chemists for companies, and resemble natural flavors without actually coming from nature.
This is why people that have hazelnut coffee would often describe it as a “chemical-tasting drink”.
Actually, almost all of the hazelnut beans are artificially flavored, but some have better taste than others.
This depends on the particular chemical formula of the artificial flavor the company has used.
The ingredients of this formula are almost always kept secret so that the company is certain that no one would copy their success (if at all present).
In my reviews, I made sure to include the best-tasting options with the least chemical taste.
That being said, the lack of information on the exact ingredients used may be a bit alarming.
Especially for people predisposed to food allergies.
Hazelnut Creamers and Syrups – Recommendations
Many people would say that it’s best to make hazelnut coffee by simply choosing high-quality coffee beans that you love and add the desired flavor additionally.
That’s why I’ve tried a few liquid and powder options, so I decided to point out what I enjoy the most.
So here are the best hazelnut syrups:
- Torani Puremade Syrup
- Monin Hazelnut Syrup
When it comes to hazelnut creamers, I’d always go for a liquid version instead of a powder.
I would say that even though I’m not a big fan of flavored creamers added to my coffee, the one that I’d prefer over others is actually by Coffee Mate and you can see a picture of it below:
That being said, many people would make their own hazelnut syrup or paste to avoid having coffee made with artificial flavors.
If you’re interested in doing such a condiment yourself there are quite a few recipes available online.
A while back I came across a recipe for a nice hazelnut paste that goes amazingly well with coffee.
You basically blend a mix of roasted hazelnuts and sugar.
Then you add some hot water and run everything through the food processor again.
If you’re interested in a post with detailed recipes for homemade hazelnut syrups and pastes that go well with coffee, drop me a comment below – I’d love to share what I know with you.
You can also get yourself a hazelnut extract bottle that you can use to make your own syrups at home or simply add a tiny bit to your cup.
I would highly recommend this extract that I’ve used and liked by OliveNation:
Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
This post turned out to be a bit longer than expected, but I hope you got to learn something new.
Along with just the hazelnut flavored coffees, I think I managed to point out great vanilla and cinnamon hazelnut beans.
I’ve covered some basic info in regards to the flavoring process in general and what’s the best way to have hazelnut coffee at home.
Actually, I don’t think there is a simple straightforward answer to that question, as it all comes down to personal preference.
But I hope my guidelines and recommendations helped you to make a more informed decision leading to the most satisfying cup of coffee.
Which is all we want, after all, isn’t it?